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Satellite Launch, Part Five: Them’s The Brakes, Kids!


Satellite Launch, Part Five: Them’s The Brakes, Kids!

If nothing else, Kevin and Luke need to be commended for their perseverance in the revival of this 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite. Whenever I need to feel better about my own questionable Mopar-sourced problems, watching these two try to breathe some kind of life back into this particular car makes me feel blessed by comparison. Letting any kind of Plymouth sleep outside, untouched, for over thirty years is not a good plan and honestly, we’re still surprised that the whole car hasn’t folded somewhere in the middle due to the natural weight removal of rust.

In the last couple of episodes, the guys managed to get the car extracted from it’s shallow grave, brought out into the open, and even got the 318 under the hood to bark back into life. Now that the engine is turning over (and sounding surprisingly good, all things considering), it’s time to get other parts of the car rolling too. So, for that, a question for you: how willing would you be to open up all four drum brakes on a car that hasn’t been driven since Def Leppard released their “Hysteria” album? Anyone? Any takers at all? Yeah, we’d rather sandblast our tender bits too, but now that the car runs, the next step is to get the car to drive, and to do that four locked-up wheels need to be freed up. So it’s time to learn about the fun of left-hand-thread Mopar lug nuts, what it takes to bond brake materials to drums, and more unplanned wildlife encounters with Junkyard Digs and Thunderhead 289!


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